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Oswegan
03-11-2009, 07:22 AM
And conversely - which is the least difficult?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-11-2009, 07:33 AM
IMO, a soprano is the easiest to build and the most difficult to make sound good. A nicely balanced and voiced soprano is where a luthier really shows his stuff. If you're a beginner, start with a tenor. It will be less sensitive to the over building you will likely do.

Oswegan
03-11-2009, 07:52 AM
Chuck,

I was looking at your site yesterday. You make some beautiful instruments.

In fact, I was wishing we could trade lives. Wouldn't you like to be a corporate attorney in Oregon and let me be a luthier on the Big Island?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-11-2009, 08:26 AM
I would but I couldn't handle the jokes!

Oswegan
03-11-2009, 08:33 AM
Like - how do you save a drowning luthier?

Pete Howlett
03-11-2009, 09:25 AM
I agree with Chuck. By far and away the most challenging build is a soprano with the tenor the easiest. The big trick with building is the overall thickness of the parts - it is very critical.

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-11-2009, 10:07 AM
Like - how do you save a drowning luthier?

I don't know. How many luthiers does it take to change a light bulb?

GX9901
03-11-2009, 10:50 AM
I just took delivery of a Santo reproduction soprano today. Talk about tiny! It must be difficult to make it sound good. It's almost like a super-sopranino. Speaking of which, a sopranino must be even more difficult too make sound good huh?

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-11-2009, 11:23 AM
If that's a DaSilve Santo repo, that's a nice uke. He does a good job with those. Louder than you'd expect and so small it seems like it should fit it your pocket. Every serious collector, such as yourself, should have one IMO.

GX9901
03-11-2009, 12:33 PM
If that's a DaSilve Santo repo, that's a nice uke. He does a good job with those. Louder than you'd expect and so small it seems like it should fit it your pocket. Every serious collector, such as yourself, should have one IMO.

It is a DaSilva and does seem small enough to put in your pocket.:D

Harold O.
03-11-2009, 01:31 PM
How many luthiers does it take to change a light bulb?

TEN. One to turn the bulb and nine to make the jig! :D

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-11-2009, 01:53 PM
Wise guy........got me!
OK, You obviously know the difference between a luthier and an extra large pepperoni pizza?

Oswegan
03-11-2009, 01:54 PM
TEN. One to turn the bulb and nine to make the jig! :D

Nice!

Mine was: throw him a boat paddle (the lawyer version being: take your foot off of his head)

Bradford
03-11-2009, 05:29 PM
I don't know. How many luthiers does it take to change a light bulb?

It only takes one, but it takes a month to make the jigs.

Brad

ksquine
03-12-2009, 08:37 AM
Soprano is the toughest to build. Those curves are pretty tight bends and there is no room to hide or sand out a flat spot or kink. Also its tough to muster up the courage to build it light enough to let it sound good.

Maybe a pineapple shape would be the easiest?? I haven't built one but the bends seem pretty mild anyway

thejumpingflea
03-12-2009, 09:24 AM
Wise guy........got me!
OK, You obviously know the difference between a luthier and an extra large pepperoni pizza?

The pizza can feed a family of four? :shaka:

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-12-2009, 09:59 AM
BINGO! If I had a prize you'd win it.

thejumpingflea
03-12-2009, 10:10 AM
BINGO! If I had a prize you'd win it.

You can always send me a uke.

Or let me stay in your treehouse. ;)

Ahnko Honu
03-18-2009, 02:39 AM
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/4/4326789_672779a253_m.jpg :confused: